Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker has served in the US Army for 24 years with multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet one of his toughest encounters may have just taken place here in America.
Baker had an appointment with the counselor at Rochester Adams High School to discuss his daughter’s schedule. This was a new high school for her and Baker just wanted to make sure she had the right classes. He arrived at the high school in his uniform having come straight from an appointment. When he approached the door, the security guard would not allow him to enter. Baker was told that his uniform might offend people and that he had to remove his uniform in order to enter the campus.
Naturally Baker was offended by the security guards actions and statement that a military uniform might offend others. Rachel Ferhadson, Baker’s wife explained what happened:
“Before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said, ‘Sorry, you’re not allowed in the school.’ Security told him men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student.”
When word got about what happened, the community quickly came to the support of Baker and his family. Robert Shaner, school superintendent quickly apologized to Baker and letting him know that he also had served in the military. He told them that he would meet with the security company they hired to protect the schools to make sure something like this never happened again. The district issued a statement to the local news saying:
“The district has apologized for any perception that individuals in uniform are not welcome in the school. The district does not have a policy excluding individuals in uniform and will be working with administration and the firm that handles our security to make sure district policies are understood and communicated accurately. We regret this unfortunate incident and want to assure our military community that we respect and honor their service to our country.”
If you watched the video, you will see that a logo was used for Rochester Adams high school depicting a maroon and gold ‘A’ with a pair of crossed sabers beneath it. I went to the district’s website to see what the logos were for their schools found this:
Notice how they depict warriors, men of battle and fierce animals. I only point this out because it seems very hypocritical to promote these kinds of images in their schools when their security guards wouldn’t let a man in uniform enter the building.
But why did the security guard believe that Baker’s military uniform might offend others? Who would be offended by a soldier in uniform? What about offending the Lt. Col.? Didn’t the security guard consider that?
I see this as a growing sign of how America is being turned upside down. All of our morals, values and the things that made America great are being discriminated against and persecuted. Patriotism is now evil in the eyes of the public school system. Globalism has taken its place. Your kids are being taught that America is an evil aggressor who is trying to force our ways upon the whole world so our men and women in uniform become part of that evil.
I find it ironic that these same liberals who are offended by military uniforms, the American flag and anything else patriotic enjoy living with the freedoms that our military have won and defended for them. They blame America and its free enterprise system for all of the world’s woes and poor countries, so they want to insist on sharing our wealth with other nations instead of taking care of those in need here at home. But if it wasn’t for our free enterprise system and American patriotism we wouldn’t have the wealth to share, so in effect, they are condemning the very thing that they are enjoying and exploiting.
If it were left up to me, I would fire that security guard and use that as the lesson to others who may take offense to a military uniform. Lt. Col. Baker has served our nation for 24 years and we owe him and every other current and former military person our thanks, gratitude and freedom. Without their service, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we enjoy today.